The Story of Blue Monday

Excellent documentary about New Order’s Blue Monday for Swedish TV (it’s mostly in English with some subtitles) – many facts you might not know about the best selling 12″ of all time – for instance I never knew that Hooky’s bassline was inspired by Ennio Morricone!

The Beat Bash

Friend of Radio Clash Jeb Edwards aka 50 Pound Note is doing a new regular mix series called The Beat Bash named after the radio show he hosted in the early 90′s.

The first installment is up and it’s very good – including tracks from Dead Or Alive, Eurythmics, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, Paul Rutherford, Depeche Mode, Meat Beat Manifesto, Severed Heads, Boxcar, Pet Shop Boys and New Order (SURPRISE!). After the Thrill Kill Cult I was expecting it to go into Age of Chance – Kiss or Nitzer Ebb’s Join in the Chant, but I have a feeling at least one of those might make an appearance in the series ;-)

Also as with his other excellent mixes you’ll be able to hear the latest Beat Bash on Radio Clash Live at 12am-1am Sunday GMT as part of the Kiss The Future slot.

Factory Records – a business, a partnership, a joke

I’d never seen this – New Order making a documentary about themselves for Channel 4 in 1984 about Factory Records. Interesting interviews, and highlights that the story of Factory Records and Tony Wilson was as much a construct as anything, e.g. evil label boss vs disaffected band members which although constantly moaning still stayed with Factory as they had no contract, which contradicts the Marxist politics in play, well a kind of playful punk approach – let’s take the money and run with doing something unexpected, creative or interesting with it. It’s something I think 24 Hour Party People kind of missed, in part, focusing on the people but missing the dour playfulness and punk politics that were slipped in with the other stuff. The style hid that rather too well, a candy coated pill (rather than PiL, who chose sandpaper instead).

Features a naked Tony Wilson interviewed by Gillian in a bath, a naked Rob Gretton interviewing himself, Rob Erasmus being interviewed on the back of a bike, Cath Caroll & Liz Naylor (who comes over badly and very wrong about Factory, although reflecting some of the ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ nature of the locals) in the gym, Martin Hannett doing the Phil Spector with a pistol, members of Durruti Column, ACR, Section 25 and 52nd Street, Peter Saville in a greasy spoon, people behind Ikon, even Richard Boon (?) & Pete Shelley pop up! And also New Order live shot in the same way as the classic ‘PFL’ Japanese gig.

Also sad to see Hacienda when it was new, and also Hooky and co. getting on well – that didn’t last long. The full playlist is here.

Kraftwerk Kovers Kollection 8

How could I avoid this week without mentioning Kraftwerk (I know I tried) but then DJ Food in honour of the Tate shows and 25th anniversary of Solid Steel released a new version of Kraftwerk Kover Kollection – oh frabjous day! Warning: contains jazz.

I decided not to go to the Tate shows or try to, in part because what is funnily referenced at the start of this mix in Stephan Cox’s ‘Kraftwerk Ticket Blues’ – crazy attempt to get tickets, probably impossible to get, and really since it’s now just Ralf and some Kraftblokes I wasn’t wanting to play silly money to see a bunch of robots. Original lineup? Hell yeah. But Kraftwerk have become a covers band, ironically. And victims of their own hype…and hype of events like this. I just don’t want to go through what I went through with New Order again…I do have tickets to see Low in April as a birthday treat though ;-)

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